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Forum topic by king_nickizzle posted 09-29-2017 12:38 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2017 12:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed light wood natural

I’m looking to build an old looking table. I recently purchased some reclaimed pine from a local reclaimed wood shop. The stuff looks awesome, it’s got nail holes, mill marks, etc. Only problem is, the stuff is so porous that anything you put on it darkens it like crazy. Ends up going from a honey color, to a wet mud color. I’ve tried polyurethane, polycrylic, danish oil, wax, and I’ve come to terms that this wood is just going to end up dark. Don’t get me wrong, it still looks cool dark, just not what I was going for. What kind of old wood would you guys recommend to achieve an end result like the attached images? I guess we just like the natural look of wood.

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 01:03 PM

You could use general finishes high performance topcoat. It is water based and perfectly clear.


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#2 posted 09-29-2017 01:19 PM

Since you have already tried some water born finishes and it’s still has darkened the finish I’m guessing you started by using an oil base finish first that darkens the wood after that you’re just putting a clear coat over your already darkened finish.

If you want to keep it clear and no darkening, first of all, don’t use reclaimed wood and not pine, hard Maple should come out lighter, then use polycrylic or another water base only no oil base.


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#3 posted 09-29-2017 01:23 PM

Hickory is fairly light, exceptionally hard to prevent denting/wear, and can look really rustic if you want it to! Just my 2 cents!

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#4 posted 09-29-2017 03:36 PM

I’ll have to check out that finish Brian.

Yea Jim you’re probably right, that oil wrecked it from the get go. Maybe I could sand it down further, but at the same time I don’t want to lose the character. Maple is something I’d like to try, it looks nice for furniture I’ve seen.

Pete, Hickory looks really cool too, thanks!

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